Articles of Interest to the Family Historian

Below is a listing of links to articles which have been submitted to this site. These articles discuss some topics which the contributors have come across during their own research and which they have written up for the interest of the general researcher. These articles are subject to copyright and may not be reproduced in any form without written permission from the editor and the author/s of each individual article.

If you would like to submit an article for inclusion here, please send an e-mail message to Submit Article. The editor reserves the right to edit, abridge or reject any articles which are submitted.


   Extract from James Blackwood's diary 1840
A visit to VDL when travelling from Leith to Sydney, submitted by Ada Ackerly.

   John Riches Kent
submitted by Gary Kent.

   Extract from Margaret Mickle's Memoirs c 1836-46
Memories of life in VDL, submitted by Ken Lyall.

   Extract from William Lyall's Diary 1854
A visit from Melbourne to Van Diemen's Land 1854, submitted by Ken Lyall.

   Convict Love Tokens
An article written and submitted by Douglas Burbury.

   Convict System Information
An article written and submitted by Gail Dodd giving a time-line of convict system information.

   Notice Board
Listing upcoming events and contact information for research projects relevant to Tasmania.

   Rainbird Family History from the 1700s
The story of Samuel Rainbird and his descendants.

   Remarrying after Seven Years
An account of a situation where remarriage was allowed after seven years of separation.

   Tasmanian Tapner History 
Charles Tapner's arrival and life in Van Diemen's Land by John Tapner.